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Winning the IROS2014 Microsoft Connect Challenge

Press Release.

SV-ROS’s team Maxed-Out wins First Place at the IROS2014 Microsoft Kinect Challenge.

September 18, 2014, (Chicago, IL.) SV-ROS’s team Maxed-Out earns the highest score at IROS 2014’s Robotic Systems conference 2 in the first Microsoft Kinect Challenge.1

The Microsoft Kinect Challenge1 is a showcase of BRIN (Benchmark Indoor Robot Navigation), 3 a scoring software that was used to score the competition. Each team had to create a mapping and autonomous navigation software solution that would successfully run on a provided Adept Pioneer 3DX robot. 4

Patrick Goebel's write up: http://www.pirobot.or...

The number of way points achieved, time and accuracy are combined in determining a contestant’s score. Microsoft Research’s Gershon Parent, the author of the BRIN 3 scoring software hopes to see BRIN as a universally accepted way of benchmarking autonomous robots’ indoor navigation ability.

SV-ROS 5 is a Silicon Valley ROS 6 users group that meets on the second to last Wednesday each month at the HackerDojo 6 in Mountain View, CA. Team Maxed-Out is led by Greg Maxwell; key team members are Girts Linde, Ralph Gnauck, Steve Okay, and Patrick Goebel. The Maxed-Out effort began in May 2014 and was able to successfully create a winning ROS mapping localization and navigation solution in a few months, beating 5 other international teams.

Maxed-Out’s winning software solution was based on the ROS Hydro distribution 7 on a powerful GPU enabled laptop running Ubuntu 12.04 and Nvidia Cuda 6.0 8 GPU parallel processing software. The team was able to out score all the other teams by incorporating the Rtabmap 9 mapping, localization, navigation and new Point Cloud solution library that is the effort of Mathieu Labbe, 10 a graduate student at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Video of our rtabmap visualization.

Team Maxed-Out’s code is up at SV-ROS’s Github repository 11 and documented on this meetup page.


Team Members Chicago
Greg Maxwell
Mardi Maxwell
Girts Linde
Steve Okay
Ralph Gnauck
Mathieu Labbe

SV Support for Chicago Team
Patrick Goebel

SV team members (please let me know if I left you out)
Sujay Karanth
Antony Thomas
Bruno Hexsel
Alan Federman
Alexey Vorobyov
Victor (XMPP)

Thanks to everyone how made this win possible.

1 http://www.iros2014.o...
2 http://www.iros2014.o...
3 http://research.micro...
4 http://www.mobilerobo...
10 https://introlab.3it....

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Winning the IROS2014 Microsoft Connect Challenge September 23, 2014 8:59 AM Greg M.
Why ROS January 18, 2014 2:19 PM Greg M.
About SV ROS July 26, 2015 1:18 PM Greg M.

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